Vox Continental 73 BK
Instant access to the sounds you need
The Vox Continental 73 BK features a part select button that makes it easy to switch between the E.PIANO, PIANO, KEY/LAYER and ORGAN parts to use the sounds you need right away. Individual front panel controls for each part let you select the variations, set the levels and more. Settings for these four parts are saved together in a single scene. Press both part select buttons at the same time to layer and play both parts together.
E. Piano part
Three electric piano sound engines are provided. TINE is the most representative electric piano sound. Along with TINE, REED is used in many famous songs. FM features the metallic sound often heard in songs from the 1980’s. This is an electric piano with a high-definition FM sound, that was carefully created to be rich in harmonics, using a realistic sound generator model with amp and cabinet modeling.
Features three sound categories, including the GRAND with a high-grade sampled grand piano, an UPRIGHT sound that’s easy to use in settings like pop music, and an E.GRAND sound that’s often heard in music from the 1970’s. The GRAND and UPRIGHT sounds go all the way with non-looped, high-resolution sampled sounds in stereo across the entire key range to recreate the delicate and powerful sounds of the piano.
This part features six categories of sounds including KEY (clavinet, pipe organ and so on), BRASS (brass and woodwind sounds), STRINGS (strings and choir), LEAD, SYNTH and OTHER. These sounds give you the power to handle a wide range of genres with this instrument alone, offering sounds and can be layered with piano and other parts.
This part features three different sound engines. The CX-3 tonewheel organ sound engine models the sound of the KORG CX-3 combo organ, and works well for any genre from rock to popular music. The Vox transistor organ sound engine features a unique high-end sound and perfectly reproduces every detail of the original Vox Continental from the 1960s. The COMPACT transistor organ sound generator offers a characteristically cheap sound, recreating the sound of this compact organ that came out around the same time as the VOX organ. These sounds offer “touch control” that lets you use your fingers to control the harmony and tone, much like real drawbars.
The CX-3 and Vox let you switch between upper (the upper part of the keyboard) and lower (the lower side of the keyboard) or create a split with the touch of a button. You can also connect an external MIDI keyboard to play the upper part on this keyboard and the lower part with an external MIDI keyboard, like using two manuals (levels) on an organ. Of course, you can also use vibrato/chorus and the rotary speaker simulation, and you can use the bend lever to on the side of the keyboard to change the speed of the rotary speaker effect when you play.
Intuitive touch control for drawbars and EQ
The nine-line LED display to the left of the panel makes it easy to see the setting status, and it also works as a controller. Three control targets are selectable using this touch sensor, and when ORGAN is selected, this mainly works as a drawbar to shape that sound. When KEY/LAYER is selected, this is used to make the filter and EG settings. When EQ is selected, you can control the overall tonal balance over nine bands.
Authentic valve sound
This unit features a vacuum tube distortion effect that works especially well with organ and electric piano sounds. The Nutube vacuum tube-powered valve drive lets you create rich harmonics that are impossible to create using modeling, for a warm vacuum tube sound with smooth distortion. You can use the dedicated button to turn valve drive on/off. The amount of effect used can be adjusted in detail using the knob, and you can see how much effect is applied by looking at the brightness of the LED that lights the Nutube.
The Vox Continental 73 BK features a light-touch keyboard with waterfall keys that are suitable for playing glissandos. The keyboard is also semi-weighted, giving the keys a stable playing feel when using piano or electric piano sounds, for a superior key touch. Owing Due to its keyboard and lightweight body design, the instrument weighs 8.4 kg (excluding the included wooden side panels), which brings it under the 10 kg class while still being a 73-key stage keyboard. This instrument can be easily carried with the SC-Continental 73 soft case, (sold separately).
Save your favourite settings
The Vox Continental 73 BK lets you register up to 64 scenes (4 scenes × 4 banks × 4), which include combinations of sounds in four parts, the master effect and settings for the EQ and so on. These scenes can be easily recalled using the buttons at the bottom of the touch control. You can also connect a USB flash drive (commercially available) to the USB port on the back of this instrument to save and load up to 100 sets of scenes, so you can always use the same settings by bringing the USB flash drive to the place where you’ll be performing with the VOX Continental 73 BK.
V861 pedal included
A volume/expression pedal (V861) is provided for use with this keyboard. The V861 features a compact, sturdy aluminium housing with a high-class black anodized aluminium finish, and is equipped with two INPUT/OUTPUT jacks and one EXPRESSION jack for controlling the volume or wah effect.
- Semi-weighted waterfall (velocity sensitive is supported, after touch is not supported)
73 keys: E1–E7 (transposable in the range of [E-1…C5]–[E3…E9]), velocity sensitive E1 to E7
- Sound Generator
- Maximum Polyphony
- Modeling tonewheel organ sound generator: 128 voices
Modeling transistor organ sound generator: 100 voices
Modeling electric piano sound generator: 80 voices
High-definition Piano sound generator: 60 dual stereo notes (equivalent to 240 voices max)
Modeling analog synthesizer sound generator: 36 voices
PCM sound generator: 64 stereo notes (equivalent to 128 voices max)
*Actual maximum polyphony will vary depending on oscillator settings such as stereo multisamples and velocity crossfade.
- PCM Memory
- Approx. 10.5 GB (in case of 48 kHz, 16-bit Linear PCM converted)
- ORGAN Part
- 3 types (CX-3, VOX, COMPACT)
Draw bar, Percussion ON/OFF, Split function, Vibrato/Chorus ON/OFF, Rotary Speaker ON/OFF)
- E. PIANO Part
- 3 types (TINE, REED, FM)
- PIANO Part
- 3 types (GRAND, UPRIGHT, E.GRAND)
- KEY/LAYER Part
- 6 types (KEY, BRASS, STRINGS, LEAD, SYNTH, OTHER)
- Preset variations
- 64 (4 x 4 x 4)
100 sets can be saved to an external USB drive
- Insert Effects
- EFFECT: CHORUS, PHASER, FLANGER, COMP, DRIVE, WAH (control via pedal)
- Master Effects
- DELAY: 1. DELAY, 2. CROSS, 3. TAPE, 4. MOD DLY
REVERB: 1. HALL1, 2. HALL2, 3. ROOM1, 4. ROOM2, 5. SPRING
- 9-band stereo input/output
- VALVE DRIVE
- Vacuum tube Nutube 6P1
- Control the amount of change in volume and tone produced by your keyboard playing dynamics.
- Bend Lever
- ORGAN: Rotary Slow/Fast
E. PIANO: Tremolo ON/OFF
KEY/LAYER: Pitch bend
- Touch sensors
(electrostatic capacitance type)
- ORGAN: Drawbars
KEY/LAYER: Sound controls
EQ: 9 band equalizer
- Audio Characteristics
- Frequency Characteristics
- 20Hz–22kHz ±1.0dB 10k Ω load
- 20Hz–22 kHz 0.005% (standard) 10k Ω load
- S/N Ratio
- 105dB (standard)
- Audio Output
- OUTPUT L/MONO, R
- Connector: 6.3 mm (1/4") monaural phone jack, unbalanced
Output impedance: 1.1 Ω (when outputting in stereo), 600 Ω (L/Mono jack, when outputting in mono)
Maximum level: +16.0 dBu
Load impedance: 10k Ω or more
- OUTPUT L, R
- Connector: XLR-3-32 type (balanced) + LIFT - GND switch
Output impedance: 350 [Ω] (when outputting in stereo)
Maximum level: +16.0 [dBu]
Load impedance: 10k Ω or more
- Connector: 6.3 mm (1/4") stereo phone jack
Output impedance: 50 Ω
Maximum level: 150 + 150 mW @32 Ω
- Control Inputs
- KORG DS-1H damper pedal (supports half-damper), PS-1 and PS-3 pedal switches
- ROTOR SPEED
- KORG PS-1 and PS-3 pedal switches
- V861 volume/expression pedal
- IN, OUT
- USB A (TYPE A): Saving/loading scene data
USB B (TYPE B): MIDI interfaces: 1 (16 ch) in/1 (16 ch) out
Complies with USB specification Ver. 2.0, High speed (up to 480 Mbps)
- Main Specifications
- AC adapter connector (DC 15 V), power button
- Dimensions (W x D x H)
- 1,103 mm x 350 mm × 86 mm/ 43.43" × 13.78" × 3.39"
- 8.4 kg / 18.52 lbs
- Power Consumption
- Included Items
- AC adapter, Power cord, V861 Volume/Expression pedal, Attachable Wooden Side Panels
*Attachable Wooden Side Panels are a special accessory for the 73key BK model only.
- Accessories (sold separately)
- Soft case
- SC-Continental 73
- Damper Pedal
- KORG DS-1H
- Pedal Switch
- KORG PS-1
All new products are sold with a 3-year manufacturer warranty when bought direct from Vox UK.
Certified Refurbished products also come with a warranty, for more information find out more about our certified refurbished products.
We offer a 30-day returns period on all products purchased directly from Vox UK. More details can be found in our return policy.